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SOCY
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SOCY100
Introduction to Sociology
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: SB
GenEd: DSHS
The fundamental concepts and principles of sociology. Includes consideration of culture, patterns of social interaction, norms, values, social institutions, stratification, and social change.
SOCY100H
Introduction to Sociology
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: SB
GenEd: DSHS
The fundamental concepts and principles of sociology. Includes consideration of culture, patterns of social interaction, norms, values, social institutions, stratification, and social change.
Open to Honor students only.
SOCY105
Introduction to Contemporary Social Problems
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: SB
GenEd: DSHS
An examination of contemporary social problems through sociological perspectives; ways in which social problems are part of the organization of society; a detailed study of selected social problems including social conflict and social inequality.
SOCY120
Veterans in American Society: What does America Owe Its Veterans?
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHS, SCIS
An examination of current and past policies toward compensation for military veterans, data and evidence on current and past adjustments to life after military service, historical variations in the mechanisms for staffing the military, and trends in the contours of the lives of those who do not serve.
SOCY200
Credits: 4
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: SB
GenEd: DSHS, SCIS
A comparative, historical, interdisciplinary study of human socieities that focuses on the main components of human societies, how they are organized, how they change, and how they come to shape our collective social existence.
SOCY201
(Perm Req)
Introductory Statistics for Sociology
Credits: 4
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: FSAR
Prerequisite: SOCY100; and (MATH107 or MATH111). Or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department.
Restriction: Must not have completed STAT400, BMGT231, or ENEE324.
Credit only granted for: BIOM301, BMGT230, CCJS200, ECON230, ECON321, EDMS451, GEOG306, GEOL351, GVPT422, INST314, JOUR405, PSYC200 or SOCY201. (These courses do not necessarily meet the same major requirements-check with your advisor to see which of these courses will count for your major).
Elementary descriptive and inferential statistics. Construction and percentaging of bivariate contingency tables; frequency distributions and graphic presentations; measures of central tendency and dispersion; parametric and nonparametric measures of association and correlation; regression; probability; hypothesis testing; the normal, binomial and chi-square distributions; point and interval estimates.
SOCY202
Introduction to Research Methods in Sociology
Credits: 4
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSSP
Prerequisite: SOCY201; or permission of BSOS-Sociology department.
The underlying logic, major strategies, specific techniques and skills of sociological research. Research design, measurement, data collection, sampling, field research experiments, surveys, index and scale construction, data analysis, interpretation and report writing.
SOCY203
Sociological Theory
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: SOCY100.
Development of the science of sociology; historical backgrounds; recent theories of society. Required of all sociology majors.
SOCY224
Why are We Still Talking About Race?
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
GenEd: DSHS, SCIS
Exploration of the major debates and assumptions that construct individual perceptions of what race is and how race matters. Sociological and sub-cultural theories will give students a historical and present day frame with which to view race and ethnic relations in the twenty first century.
SOCY225
Women's Jobs, Men's Jobs: How and Why Do They Differ?
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHS, SCIS
An exploration of critical issues pertaining gender differences in the workplace. Overview of theories explaining why some people do better than the others in the world of work, and discussions of more specific questions relating to women's and men's job opportunities and experiences.
SOCY227
Introduction to the Study of Deviance
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: SB
GenEd: DSHS
Credit only granted for: SOCY227 or SOCY327.
Formerly: SOCY327.
An introduction to the sociological study of deviant behavior, covering such topics as mental illness, sexual deviance, and the use of drugs.
SOCY230
Sociological Social Psychology
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSHS
Theoretical perspectives and their applications. Socialization through the life course, the self-concept, attitudes, emotion, attribution, interpersonal relations, group processes, deviance, and social change.
SOCY236
Gender and Health
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSSP
The relationship between gender and health is the central focus of this course, and how this relationship is conditioned by race-ethnicity, sexuality, and social class. We consider how sociopolitical and environmental factors influence gendered associations with physical and mental health. In addition, this is a course on how to do the disciplinary work of sociology. Social policies surrounding health have been crucial to creating our current understandings of our system, and this course will give insight into how policies are crafted through a peer reviewed process that relies on critical feedback from sociologists engaged in the same project, in this case, the other students in this course.
SOCY242
Sociology of Homelessness
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
GenEd: DSSP
Examines the causes of and solutions for homelessness in society. How social scientists analyze social issues using ethnographic observation, surveys, official statistics, and other research methods. Discusses how policies have responded to the problem of homelessness, and how to evaluate their effectiveness.
SOCY325
The Sociology of Gender
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
CORE: D
Prerequisite: 3 credits in SOCY courses.
Cross-listed with WMST325.
Credit only granted for: SOCY325 or WMST325.
Institutional bases of gender roles and gender inequality, cultural perspectives on gender, gender socialization, feminism, and gender-role change. Emphasis on contemporary American society.
SOCY335
Sociology of Health and Illness
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSSP
An exploration of the social model to studying health and illness: how meanings and experiences of health and illness are socially produced. How experiences are shaped by the interaction of external social environments (culture, community) and the internal environment (human body), and by socio-demographic variables (race, class, gender, etc.). Disparities in health and healthcare delivery, medicalization of society, determinants of health, social construction of illness, and the social organization of health care.
SOCY380
(Perm Req)
Honors Independent Reading in Sociology
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Restriction: Permission of BSOS-Sociology department.
Formerly: SOCY378.
This course permits sociology honor students to undertake a program or reading on a particular problem in sociology or a subfield therein. The reading will be done under the supervision of a member of the sociology faculty. Required of sociology honor students.
SOCY404
SOCY Programming and Data Visualization
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg
Prerequisite: SOCY201.
A course designed to teach quantitative programming and data visualization.
SOCY410
Social Demography
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: 6 credits in SOCY courses; or permission of BSOS-Sociology department.
Types of demographic analysis; demographic data; population characteristics; migration; mortality; fertility; population theories; world population growth; population policy.
SOCY411
Demographic Techniques
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: (SOCY201; or students who have taken courses with comparable content may contact the department); and SOCY410. Or permission of BSOS-Sociology department.
Basic techniques for analyzing population structure and demographic processes, including fertility, mortality and migration.
SOCY424
Sociology of Race Relations
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: 6 credits in SOCY courses; or permission of BSOS-Sociology department.
Cross-listed with AAST424. Credit only granted for: AAST424 or SOCY424.
Analysis of race-related issues, with a primary focus on American society. The historical emergence, development, and institutionalization of racism; the impact of racism on its victims; and racially based conflict.
SOCY428
Research in Inequality
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
SOCY431
Principles of Organizations
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: 6 credits in SOCY courses; or permission of BSOS-Sociology department.
Structural and processual characteristics of organizations that make them effective for different purposes and in different environments. Effects of different institutional environments, small group processes, organizational networks, and leadership. Types of organizations studied include formal bureaucracies, professional organizations, and voluntary associations.
SOCY432
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: 6 credits in SOCY courses; or permission of BSOS-Sociology department.
Movements that seek change in the social and political structure of society. Origins, tactics, organization, recruitment, and success. Case studies come from such movements as labor, civil rights, student, feminist, environmental, neighborhood, and gay rights.
SOCY441
Social Stratification and Inequality
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: 6 credits in SOCY courses; or permission of BSOS-Sociology department.
Restriction: Junior standing or higher.
The sociological study of social class, status, and power. Topics include theories of stratification, correlates of social position, functions and dysfunctions of social inequality, status inconsistency, and social mobility.
SOCY442
The Black Middle Class
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: 6 credits in SOCY courses.
Credit only granted for: SOCY498T or SOCY442.
Formerly: SOCY498T.
Students will learn about the Black Middle Class. They will examine and explore the historical context that led to the rise of a Black Middle Class. Innovative avenues into the Black Middle Class will also be examined, including various household and family formations. Finally, the course will cover the consequences of being in the The Black Middle Class, with an emphasis on residential segregation and racial identity.
SOCY448G
Research in Social Psychology; Group Processes
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
SOCY457
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Social, political, and cultural sources of legal norms and concepts; and how the law shapes society and society shapes the law using sociological theoretical frameworks. The role of social change, social reproduction and inequality (including race, class, gender, and sexuality) to achieve certain objectives such as compliance, deterrence and social control.
SOCY470
Sociology of Contraception and Unintended Pregnancy
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Prerequisite: 6 credits in SOCY courses; or permission of Department.
Students will participate in a sociological examination of contraceptive practices and unintended pregnancies.
SOCY498F
Selected Topics in Sociology; Race and Reproduction
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Cross-listed with AASP499C, AMST498E,SOCY699B and WMST428C. Credit only granted for AASP499C, AMST498E, SOCY498F, SOCY699B or WMST428C.